Crawford's Third May Walk-Off Hit Ends It...Boston 4 Detroit 3
Detroit starter Justin Verlander can really bring the heat and throw numerous nasty pitches but Thursday night he was out pitched by Boston's ace, Josh Beckett. It was the sixth win in a row for the red hot Red Sox. Here's the way the Boston Globe's Extra Bases described the bottom of the ninth...
"Carl Crawford's single to center scored pinch runner Darnell McDonald with the winning run in yet another dramatic walkoff victory for the Red Sox over the Tigers. The Sox loaded the bases with a Kevin Youkilis walk, a single to right by David Ortiz, and an intentional walk to J.D. Drew. After Jed Lowrie's blooper between third and left dropped in, pinch runner Jose Iglesias was forced at home. McDonald came on to pinch run for Ortiz at third setting the stage for Crawford's dramatic hit. It was the fourth walkoff victory for the Sox this year."
Big Papi David Ortiz, who is having a great year so far, collected three hits including a mammoth tater in the seventh inning that put Boston ahead by two. It was a much needed run indeed. A three game set with the Cubbies begins tonight. The details are below. After Lester tonight, it might get a little dicey but I want to concentrate on winning tonight. I like our chances.
In other Sox news, Boston has acquired a new reliever, the Rockies' Franklin Morales. Here is the release from the Globe...
"A Major League source said tonight the Red Sox were close to completing a trade for lefthanded reliever Franklin Morales of the Rockies. The 25-year-old has a 3.86 ERA in 14 appearances this season. Lefthanders have hit .185 against him in 135 career at-bats. Morales has walked 8 in 14 innings with 11 strikeouts. Morales is 7-11 with a 4.83 ERA over parts of five seasons with 10 saves. Morales has started 15 games in his career but none since 2009. UPDATE, 10:43 p.m.: The trade is done. The Rockies will receive a player to be named later or cash. Hideki Okajima has been designated for assignment."
It's been fun, Okie. Maybe we'll see you again soon, Darkman. I certainly hope so. Lastly, tonight marks the start of a three game Fenway set against the Chicago Cubs. Here are all the match-up details...
Fri. 20* ChC 7:10 PM ET WGN/NESN* J. Lester (5-1) vs. D. Davis (0-1)
Sat. 21* ChC 7:10 PM ET FOX* A. Aceves (1-0) vs. C. Zambrano (4-2)
Sun. 22* ChC 8:05 PM ET ESPN* T. Wakefield (0-1) vs. M. Garza (2-4)
Have a great Friday, enjoy the upcoming weekend, click on this post's title for all the details and video highlights of Thursday night's contest and as always, BE WELL.